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Library Services

iPads for Loan

iPads are available for the customers to check out at all VPL location. The iPads have been loaded with library apps.

Notebooks

Notebooks are available for up to 2 hours loan, for in-library use.

Available at all VPL locations except Kleinburg Library.

Internet Access

All libraries have workstations which provide the public with free access to the Internet. While using the Internet in each of the branches, customers are expected to read and abide by the VPL Internet Policy. Customers can book a computer at the self-service reservation station at Dufferin Clark Library and Maple Library.

Wireless Internet Access

As long as your hardware complies to one of the standards that our wireless supports (802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac) just open your computer or device and away you go! Available at all VPL branches.

Word Processing

All VPL locations provide free access to computers equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint. The workstations are provided for the public on a self-serve basis. Library staff may provide limited assistance, if time permits, but are not able to provide training on the use of PCs or the software. Customers can book a computer at the self-service reservation station at Dufferin Clark Library and Maple Library.

In order to save their work, customers are encouraged to bring a USB drive, or purchase one from the library. Files cannot be saved to the computers' hard drives.

Vaughan Public Libraries assumes no responsibility for computer viruses that may have been introduced to the workstations.

Self Check Stations

Sign out library materials by yourself with your library card. Follow the step-by-step instructions on the screen to check out or renew your materials. When you are finished, you can choose to take the receipt which includes the due-dates.

Not available at Kleinburg Library.

Printing, Photocopy and Scanning

Printing and photocopy are available at all VPL locations. Using VPL's WebPrint site, customers can now send a print job from their laptop, Android devices and even home computer, and pick it up at any branch except Kleinburg Library.

  • Black & White - $0.10 (letter/legal)
  • Colour* - $0.40 (letter/legal)
  • Scan* - $0.05

*  Scanning, colour printing and colour photocopy are not available at Kleinburg Library.


Many VPL branches have meeting rooms available for use.
PDF Applicable Charges

PDF Application for use of meeting room

PDF Meeting room capacities

PDF Application for CSO status

PDF Operational Policy

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).

These rooms are used for our computer training programs. Pierre Berton's room can be rented for meetings.

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Drop-in quiet study rooms are available to all members of the public. Group Study rooms at Bathurst Clark Resource Library and Pierre Berton Resource Library are available on a first come - first served basis to anyone with a valid VPL library card.

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This is where we host our Children's Programs planned by library staff. Consult "At the Library" Program Guide or call 905-653-READ (7323) for more information about programs.

Boardroom seats 18 people around the board table. The optional IT package includes a computer and projector. A small kitchenette is available upon request. Call 905-653-READ (7323) to inquire about rates and room availability.

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VPL believes in providing access to cultural opportunities in the community by making exhibit space available to artists and community groups. Interested groups are encouraged to submit a completed Application for Exhibit Space form to their preferred library location.

Applicants may be asked to submit samples of their work before approval. Exhibit space will be allocated based on availability and identification of suitable display space at the discretion of VPL.

Proctoring Examination Invigilation Guidelines

Proctoring service is available at Bathurst Clark Resource Library and Pierre Berton Resource Library. Please wait for a response from your selected location before confirming the exam with your institution. VPL charges $25.00 per exam, and this $25.00 fee does not include material or courier costs.

  1. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the library directly to inquire about the availability of proctoring services. The specific date, time and place of the exam must be confirmed at least three weeks in advance.
  2. Exams must be proctored during library business hours. Exams must be completed half an hour before closing.
  3. The student must complete an application form and submit it to the library for approval. A librarian will proctor an exam only if the application has been approved.
  4. The examination package must be sent from the issuing institution directly to the library one week prior to the exam date.
  5. The library will not accommodate an exam if it cannot meet operational conditions outlined by the Institution.
  6. The library will not be liable for any missing items, papers, samples or other documents related to the exam.
  7. The library will not accommodate an exam that requires specialized procedures such as the downloading of software to library's computers.
  8. Students who require a proctor for an online exam must provide and use a laptop computer. Written guidelines for online exams must be included in the examination package provided by the issuing institution.
  9. The student is responsible for any incidental or additional expenses such as courier fees or postage charges.
  10. The library will not provide reminders or notifications for an approved exam. It is the responsibility of the student to arrive fifteen (15) minutes prior to the start of the exam.

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).


Available Exam Proctoring location and time:

Bathurst Clark Resource Library

  • Mondays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 4:30 pm – 7:30 pm
  • Fridays, 10:30am – 1:30 pm
  • Fridays, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
  • Sundays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Pierre Berton Resource Library

  • Mondays, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Tuesdays, 2:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  • Wednesdays, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 10:30 am – 4:00 pm

VPL members may borrow sets of books for their book clubs.

There is a wide variety of books available for different age groups. Book club sets are available for an extended loan period of four weeks. To borrow book club sets, your book club needs to register with VPL's Books for Book Clubs.

Register Your Club

Your book club's designated representative should complete the online form. To register, you must be at least 16 years of age. Persons under 16 years of age may have an adult register their group on their behalf.

Book Clubs Designee Responsibilities

As the contact person for your group:

  • You will be your Book Club's designated representative and be the only person to request books for your Club;
  • You may reserve books for your upcoming book club meetings;
  • You will be notified by VPL when your books are available for pick-up at your designated branch;
  • You will be notified by VPL of any problems with the bookings for your Book Club;
  • You are responsible for telling your fellow Book Club members when and where the books are available for pick-up;
  • You will notify VPL if your Book Club no longer needs the books.

Your registration information will be kept on file for the purposes of running the "Books for Book Clubs" service.

Instructions to reserve and check out book sets

Here is the relevant information you need for Books for Book Clubs:

  • Indicate the name of the book, number of copies you want to borrow, and the VPL branch for pick-up.
  • VPL will notify you if there are difficulties fulfilling your request (e.g. the title is already in use) and will call you when the books are ready for pick-up
  • You are responsible for telling your Book Club members when and where the books are available for pick-up
  • Individual members of the Book Clubs should pick-up their copy of the book at the specified branch. Books will be held under the name of your Book Club at the circulation desk in that branch
  • When individual group members pick-up their book, they will be asked for the name of their Book Club and the title of the book they will be reading
  • Individual Book Club members must be VPL members and must bring their VPL Library Card to borrow materials.

Chinese Book Sets

Chinese book sets are available to borrow. Please browse book sets for Chinese book clubs and contact Bathurst Clark Resource Library (905) 653-READ (7323) to reserve a Chinese book set.

Homebound Access

Homebound people often rely on their spouse or caregiver, friends, or neighbours, to bring them materials from the library. VPL makes it easier for anyone who borrows library materials on behalf of a homebound person. The homebound person will be issued a VPL membership card that will be linked to the Homebound services on the Library's computer system. The homebound library user will then have access through their spouse, neighbour, or other nominee to the following services:

  • Longer loan periods
  • No Fines or overdue items
  • Flexibility in day, time, and frequency of visits
  • Record of homebound borrower's Reading Preferences
  • Printed list of borrowed items
  • Rating system to assist those selecting materials
  • Qualified Library staff to assist with selection of materials

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).

Homebound Delivery

Homebound individuals who do not have someone on whom they can rely to check materials out for them, can have the library brought to them. Qualified volunteers will deliver materials to your doorstep. This service can be used temporarily or on a permanent basis and is free of charge. Applications are available online. For those wishing to use the Homebound Delivery Service or know someone who could benefit, please contact your local branch at 905-653-READ (7323).

Centre for Equitable Library Access Collection

Vaughan Public Libraries offers a collection of over 230,000 books, magazines, newspapers and described videos in a choice of formats for people with a print disability.

  • Lots of choice including current bestsellers, award-winners and classics
  • Fiction, non-fiction, self-help, business and more
  • Books for kids, teens and adults
  • Books in audio, braille or accessible e-book formats
  • Download books or receive home delivery by mail

Eligibility

Access to the CELA collection is available to people who are unable to read conventional print due to a disability, which includes:

  • Learning disability: an impairment relating to comprehension
  • Physical disability: the inability to hold or manipulate a book
  • Visual disability: severe or total impairment of sight or the inability to focus or move one's eyes

How to sign up for CELA

To set up an account with CELA, please ask staff at the Service Desk for assistance. VPL membership is also required.

Library customers who have a valid library card may also register themselves for CELA service at signup.celalibrary.ca.

Customers need not provide proof of disability when registering for CELA Services.

After customers complete the self-registration process, they will receive a link which has full details of how CELA works and how to access assistance.

Access to the collection is offered in a number of ways

  • Download books to your computer or mobile device, such as an iPhone
  • Download books to a DAISY player over a wireless connection without using a computer
  • Receive audio CDs, Braille or described movies through your local branch or by mail directly to your home.

The CELA website can be found at: www.celalibrary.ca

Accessible Summer Reading Club

No matter how you read or how you play TD Summer Reading Club is accessible for everyone! This summer SRC materials will be accessible through a collection of daisy discs relating to this year's Summer Reading Club theme available at all eight branches of Vaughan Public Libraries.

Library customers who have a valid library card may also register themselves for CELA service at signup.celalibrary.ca.

Each Vaughan Public Library will receive a mini deposit of "Play" themed DAISY discs from CELA in English and French. These are in addition to previous years' DAISY discs and the wide range of junior audio-books available all year round.

Parents and Educators

Does your child struggle with the written word? Do you want to help them get ahead?

VPL and CELA have teamed up to make reading accessible for everyone. If your child has a learning, sight or physical disability that makes reading a conventional book difficult please read on.

CELA offers a service that connects you with audio materials that make the stories and reading experience fulfilling for your child. CELA has a large library of books on MP3. In addition CELA uses DAISY disc technology that makes browsing an audio book with a DAISY player easy.

Your Library card gives you free access to CELA's services. One of our librarians will be happy to take you through the set up process at the Service Desk. If you want to use the internet to borrow books it takes just a few minutes in person or on the phone to register. CELA can also deliver discs to your door. The set up with a VPL librarian takes a little longer but the service is great! We can even recommend books your children might want to listen to!

Did you know VPL also has a large selection of audio books for children from early child hood into the teen years and beyond in every branch? Visit us to see what we have to offer in addition to your CELA audiobooks.